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Injured Haga targets comeback at Donington
27 August 2012
Noriyuki Haga is targeting a return at Donington Park in the MCE British Superbike Championship after breaking his collarbone at Cadwell Park.
The Swan Yamaha rider was high-sided from his YZF-R1 at Mansfield during the third free practice session at the Lincolnshire circuit and has his hopes pinned on a comeback at Donington, which hosts the final BSB round before the all-important Showdown stage of the championship.
Haga said: “For sure I want to be back for Donington Park because it is important for the Showdown and it is a good track for me.
“I have broken a collarbone before, so when I go home to Italy I will see my specialist doctor to see what we can do to try and make it get better faster.
“I have a little bit of pain but not too much; it is more the swelling now,” he added.
“It is at the end of my collarbone that has been broken so I cannot have an operation to fix it, so I have to just relax and try to make sure it heals quickly.”
Reflecting on the accident, Haga said he 'knew it was going to hurt'.
“It was a big high-side, the rear went and then I knew it was going to hurt because I was nearly as high as the TV camera in the sky!
“I was lucky to have just injured the collarbone because before when I have crashed like that it has been a lot worse, because when I broke my other collarbone I also hurt my arm too,” said the Japanese star.
“I am still sorry for the team as it was important to score points this weekend, but here was always going to be difficult for me.
“I need to recover now and then hope to be back for Donington Park, because this can be possible and this is a good track for me.”
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